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Tall Tales (Bone)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  9,296 Ratings  ·  151 Reviews
Ever wonder what happened before the Bone cousins got lost in the uncharted forest of the Valley? Or how Boneville came to be? This is the hilarious companion to the epic BONE saga!

Long before the Bone cousins were ever lost in the uncharted desert on the outskirts of the Valley, Big Johnson Bone, the discoverer of the Rolling Bone River, founded Boneville. But little is k
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Graphix (first published 2010)
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Kyle It takes place out of continuity. Technically, it comes after the final numbered volume of the series.
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Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
It was so good to be back, once more, in the Bones world. Really missed those fellas.

Great collection of short stories. Enjoyed them all, especially first one, 'cause it brought us back to the beginning. Only wish it was longer.
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: This is a Cybils '10 nominee and required reading for me as a panelist.

I have never read a Bone book in my life before this. I actually have reading the series as one of my goals for next year. Fortunately, Tall Tales is a collection of short stories that happen before the events of the Bone series making them entirely readable for someone who hasn't a clue about the series itself.

The book, which calls itself a "Companion" to the series is set in the here and now as Smiley an
Tommy Hancock
Very solid. As funny as you'd expect of something from the Bone universe. Tall Tales is a collection of, well, tall tales, most of which take place before the main adventure and do not feature any of the cast you know and love if you read the series(minus the ones around the fire telling the tales). The stories are well done and entertaining and even give some insight into the main storyline. Sadly, though, this one didn't pack the same punch as the main series of books. I recommend it to other ...more
Some funny entertaiing stuff. Dfinitely more of a children's book than the rest of the Bone universe.
Jon Hewelt
FINALLY done with Tall Tales. It wasn't a bad read, per se, but it felt . . . different from what I remembered of the original Bone, and not in a good way.

Whereas the original Bone series seemed transcendent of the Adult/Kid categories, this spin-off definitely felt like it was geared more towards kids. Which, I suppose, makes sense, as most libraries classify it as a Youth Graphic Novel.

But in doing so, I felt as if it lost some of the charm and flow that the original had. The morals come a li
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it was a good book. it had two story's in it. the main thing is smiley from the graphic novels has a camp in the woods and three little bones and smiley tells story's about a old famous bone.
Jose Ayala
it is a really good book has a lot of story in it if you love books that have a lot of stories this is your book.It tells about all of the books and how they meet and that one book tells all about the other books and I think that was cool.
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bedtime-stories
Not anywhere close to the standard set by the main series run. Lots of juvenile fart jokes and a sequence that is a direct rip off of Pinocchio. Pass.
Madison Henson
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it when little boy who take Smiley's hat and put it on. He get some dreaming as vision. Until to awoke and it happened in his dreams when Smiley tells them stories.
Smiley has agreed to take the Bone Scouts and Bartleby camping…but you can’t have camping without stories by the fire. With the Bone Scouts and Bartleby as his enchanted listeners, Smiley tells them the tales of the adventurer Big Johnson Bone and his venture into the Big Valley long before Smiley, Fone, and Phoney found it. Big Johnson Bone’s encountered changed the course of the Valley and altered the lives of Rat Creatures forever!

Bone: Tall Tales is a compilation book which contains part of
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good addition to the Bone series by Jeff Smith. I liked how it explains the story of the Jekk that was explained by Bartleby in book eight and how it was Big Johnson Bone. It was pretty cool because this was before Kingdok and there was an actual queen. It also showed how long the Rat Creatures ruled the valley before the series even took place. I look forward to start reading the new bone series!
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd recommend this book to anyone, any age. Big Johnson Bone saves the day many times over and always has a tall tale to tell. There is a cute dragon, a worrisome monkey, adorable forest animals and the evil rats, all trying to find their way in the valley. Wait til you see mama rat's baby boy! Yikes!!
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Carino, ma con tre storie su quattro dedicate a Big johnson Bone tanto valeva farlo protagonista di tutto il volume e finita lì.
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
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May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Bone: Tall Tales I enjoyed this spin-off comic a lot. It's funny (probably made me laugh more than all the volumes of Bone combined), and it's nice to see Bartleby and Smiley again.
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
pretty good.
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Benito Jr.
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm coming to this stellar collection rather late. I read Bone when it was coming out in comic book form -- I started a little late, but I was picking it up regularly in the early '90s -- and became a huge fan of the title, even tracking down a copy of Disney Adventures when one of the rat-tails stories made an appearance. When my daughter was born about a decade later, figures of the Bone cousins looked down on her crib from the bookshelf above. (Ok, maybe not literally -- like I'd have books r ...more
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good book.
So cute! I loved the Bone lore, it was all so creative, it had the same good old vibe from the original series. I hope there will be more like it in the future. On to 'Quest for the Spark '!!!
David Edmonds
Feb 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2010
As described, Bone: Tall Tales is a "sorta-new collection of Bone material." The "new" part comes in the first four chapters, where Smiley Bone and Bartleby are taking three young Bone Scouts out on a camping trip and they talk Smiley into telling them some stories, all of with end up being about Bog Johnson Bone, the founder of Boneville. In the first of the two stories concerning Big Johnson Bones younger days, we find out about his birth and what Old Man Winter had to say about that. The seco ...more
Dani Shuping
Aug 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Smiley Bone and Bartleby have led the bone scouts off into the woods for a night of camping. Smiley of course has chosen the best place in the world to set up camp (right near a huge pile of rocks) and packed the greatest dinner ever, peanut butter & pickle sandwiches. Yum. After the campsite is setup and a great big fire is lit, its time to tell some camp fire stories! First off is a story of Phone and Fone Bone and their search for a hidden treasure via a "treasure map" (when they're suppo ...more
Oct 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while since I read any Bone (read them Oct/Nov of last year, 2011 - so almost a year ago), but I'm finally getting around to reading the last things in the Bone series. This volume was good fun. I never really 'got' Bone - I enjoyed it but it always felt like characters from a weekly strip smashed in to a fantasy epic and it never really worked for me. Having since learned that Jeff Smith started drawing the Bone characters and writing stories when he was 9/10 years old, and that the ...more
Alex Telander
In this next Bone prequel after Rose, fans get to enjoy some entertaining tales set in the world of Bone before a new trilogy coming early next year, Quest for the Spark. While Tall Tales is no epic story like the Bone series, readers get to enjoy some fun stories told by Smiley to the bone scouts and Bartleby. First there’s the story of Phoney Bone and Fone Bone and how they had no plans of helping with the laundry, and after being led on a wild goose chase that almost gets them killed with a p ...more
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the prequel book to the Bone series. It was a fun addition to the series. Not as wonderful as the original story, but still fun to read and entertaining.

In this book Smiley Bone tells some younger Bones stories about Big Johnson Bone, the adventurous founder of Boneville. Big Johnson Bone is a bit outrageous and has a lot of crazy tales attributed to his name.

The artwork is consistent with previous Bone books; it's fun and matches the tone of the story well.

The book features little stori
Dan Gorman
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored the Bone series as a kid, and it was great to step back into that universe with "Tall Tales," a companion volume set before, during, and after the original stories. Sometime after his adventures in the magical Valley, Smiley Bone, now a goofy scout master, enchants his campers with an evening of stories about his family's adventures and their ancestor, explorer Big Johnson Bone. This anthology format enables Smith and Sniegoski to reuse some earlier material, but frame it in new ways. " ...more
Nov 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
After throwing myself into the wonderful complete collection of Bone graphic novels, I was eager for more of the story. Though aimed at a younger audience, I thoroughly enjoyed Bone as a 25 year old and thought the weaving narrative had mass appeal to any age. It never once clicked with me that I was reading a 'children's book.' Therefore, when I realized there were prequels floating around, I snatched up Tall Tales, hoping to get that same dose of action, humor and deep story that entranced me ...more
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a cute book! I'm not generally a graphic novel kinda gal, but when my local library's reading challenge called for reading one, I just had to. My trusty reader step-son had one at his disposal to let me borrow so here I am, reviewing Bone: Tall Tales by Jeff Smith. This is apparently part of a series, but from what I have seen of the reviews and from what I could tell myself, you didn't have to know much about the "Bone" people to understand this collection of tall tales. I found myself lau ...more
Apr 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy reading graphic novels
Now that we've finished the Bone saga, we were thrilled to see more books featuring these humorous characters. This book depicts Smiley Bone and Bartleby taking a group of scouts camping.

The stories told around the campfire (and later, a dream by one of the scouts) comprise the short stories in this book. The stories are entertaining and help to explain some of the background of the original series (like why the hairy men (or stupid, stupid rat creatures) don't have tails).

The tales are very e
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Born and raised in the American mid-west, Jeff Smith learned about cartooning from comic strips, comic books, and watching animation on TV. In 1991, he launched a company called Cartoon Books to publish his comic book BONE, a comedy/adventure about three lost cousins from B
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